• Corporate Social Responsibility Partnership, Tanzania

    photo-1February 26, 2014. It was Monday 17th of Feb 2014. I arrived at Benjamin Mkapa Secondary School and all the teachers asked me where is Brian Mingle Mingle? It is simple question to me, I answered that I am Impact coach from Tanzania country and CAC decided to choose me to represent in running this program and they believe one another teachers from your group will also be Impact coach.

    After few minutes of introduction why Tanzania got the opportunity to run this program for refresh day from the Group of Champions from Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania (SCB), Juanita Mramba represented SCB to open the refresh days in Dar [es Salaam]. She addressed more than 50 teachers, 10 champions from SCB and 7 coaches from Tanzania Football Federation who coach children in different clubs in Dar. They said SCB had their goal to reach 15,000 children at the end of this year. So the teachers are responsible to implement this knowledge back to their school.

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    I started our program by giving the chance to the teachers to review the games they learned last year. They remembered the games although they forget what we learned through those games. I am the one who tried to explain each game and how to connect what we learn to our daily life and address that CAC are using their curriculum to change the life of children through soccer. And I also explained that we are using females as the role models in order to empower females in our country. After two days in Dar, on the last day, CEO (Liz  Lloyd) from SCB came to see what is going on and participated in playing Mingle Mingle (see photo). At the closed celebration few champions, teachers and me, we got gifts for hard work during the training.

    I then went to Arusha to meet with 36 teachers. It was fantastic session because when I arrived in Arusha School, I saw the teachers had revised all the games themselves and explained what we learned in each game. Arusha is the best for the teachers to run this program. They are ready to run this program.

    When I was leaving Arusha at airport it happened one problem with Airport Official who wanted to know why our balls travel with air. So it took time to explain the types of balls [One World Futbols] but then they agree to carry my bag in the flight.

    Last I finished with 46 teachers in Mwanza, which also is very fun to me to run this program alone as Impact coach. I thank CAC and SCB to trust me as a Tanzania citizen to run this program on behalf of Coaches Across Continents.

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    Community Impact Coach, Nico Pota, who was part of our very first program in Kigoma, Tanzania in 2008, has been instrumental in every program we have run in the country during the last 6 years. Over the course of this week Nico ran refresher courses in three locations on behalf of SCB Tanzania and CAC. Sustainability in action. CSR in action. A beautiful partnership and an incredible role model and member of the CAC family. Thank you Nico!

  • Green Mambas, Fishing Boats, and Ant Hills.

    June 20, 2013.  The final week for the CAC team in Uganda ended in Buwaya District, a small fishing village in the middle of Lake Victoria. The travel each morning consisted of small wooden fishing boats across the lake and boda-bodas (motocycles) across the island to a large green open field in the forest. We would arrive every morning and watch the coaches from the island gather from all different directions of the field, popping up from the forest some of them walking over 3 miles every morning for training.  It didn’t matter if certain coaches walked 1 mile or 3 miles barefoot or with shoes, all of the coaches in Buwaya came with huge smiles everyday eager to learn and play the CAC games. The people of Buwaya are some of the happiest, most giving people we have ever come across.

    The favorite games of the week were the extensive running and physical games including classic Stanford Bridge Tag that became so competitive the whole field was used as a boundary  Jackies Circle was also another well played game where the coaches had to name safe places in the community, and remember movement for those spaces. It became competitive and successful with many coaches wanting to take the lead and make new movements.

    It was a great last week for CAC in Uganda as working in Buwaya was far different from anywhere else we had been. After training sessions we received tours of the fishing and farming areas learning about all the different crops including coffee, sugarcane, and spices. Tasting all the different fruits and fresh fish after each training was definitely a highlight of our trip. Not to mention the green mamba slithering across the grass as we were having our last session with the coaches, and having everyone in the vicinity jump and run.

    The CAC team would had never had the opportunity or made the impact we made in Buwaye if it wasn’t for our Impact Coach Godrey Mugisha, a.k.a. “Moogy.” Moogy is a former Ugandan National team player, and played soccer at University in the state of Virginia. He now runs his own football academy in Uganda and works with all age groups of children. He made it possible for CAC to go to Buwaya and train the coaches who rarely get this opportunity. Moogy, who is fluent in Lugandan was our translator, and tour guide of the island making our last week one of a kind. It is people like Moogy, and the community of Buwaya that make the travel and hard work that goes into CAC worth every part of it.

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  • Little village BIG impact.

    June 18, 2013.  A week working in Mpigi (Uganda) wasn’t just pure coaching CAC games, but it was filled with the whole community of Mpigi opening up their doors to us.  We had coaches attend the training sessions who were from all different backgrounds, and who were all eager to learn and show us around.  Many of the coaches were teachers, and had attended the previous training session CAC had held the year before.

    We also had a few committed coaches come and join us who attended the previous week at KSEM. It was a huge surprise to see two previous coaches that week show up after traveling an hour in a taxi to come and learn new games. We felt like we were apart of that community the week we were there. Everyday we would walk together home from training, watch local training sessions and learn to cook a new dish from our Impact Coach Salim Blanden. Our favorite Ugandan dish was “Matoke” or bananas boiled with beans.  It was a unique experience to feel to involved with the community and so welcomed.

    We were also lucky enough to tour a female youth center based in Mpigi who helps women who were raped, and educates them on Agronomy so they can become financially independent. Mpigi may be a small spot on the map in Uganda but it is doing wonderful things for the next generation of children, and their local community. Our Adebayor HIV/AIDS game were a huge success with the coaches, the concept was clearly understood, and they were eager to share the games with their teams.

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